Eastern Courier

Joe Edwards captains Blues on home ground

050216 Stand-in Blues captain Joe Edwards is swamped by fans of the team's win against the Rebels at Bell Park in Pakuranga.

It was a triumphant return home for stand-in Blues captain Joe Edwards in the team's first preseason game of the year.

Games for girls - developed by mums

Ronel Schodt and Bridget Ellis-Pegler, with an early concept doll of Arabella.

Two Auckland mothers are developing a game and multimedia concept their kids can be proud of.

Plenty of titles for gymnast gallery

Gymnast Samadiana Fariz, age 12, recently competed in Hawaii and brought home an array of medals.

A young gymnast from East Auckland has earned a clean sweep at two international competitions.

Still calls for east link

Greater East Tamaki Business Association (GETBA) general manager Jane Tongatule.

A business association is still calling for East Tamaki and Botany to be included in Auckland's East West Connection project.

Power outage delays surgeries

Operations were postponed on Tuesday after a power outage at Manukau SuperClinic in South Auckland.

A surgery centre in south Auckland lost power for most of the day following a fault inside a transformer.

Hospital wheels out new food service

Compass assistant food services manager Sherry Ning inspects a row of BPods being heated.

Hospital food has a poor reputation. But a new delivery method at one Auckland hospital aims to make patients' meals better.

Emergency raft needed

Constable Stewart Green says pick up and return will be covered if anyone lends a raft for a day.

A raft is needed to complete the starting line up for a river raft race.

Seniors on the search for homes

Millie is described as a "lovely, calm girl who is still really youthful at heart".

 SPCA Auckland has an "unusual" number of mature dogs available for adoption at its animal village in Mangere.

More language students needed

Howick volunteer Rob Redmond wants more people needing help learning English to come forward.

They've got the volunteers, but English Language Partners needs more students to come forward in East Auckland.

Clearing Auckland's trash mountains

An illegal rubbish dump formed on Ormiston Rd in east Auckland over Christmas and New Year.

Auckland Council has set up a crack team to pursue those who illegally dump rubbish.

Wedding photos on lost camera

Williams said he would be happy to offer a reward for the camera, but the SD card is all they want back.

An English tourist who lost his camera with pictures of a family wedding is desperately appealing to the public for help. 

Station re-purposed under trial

A St John ambulance.

A mobile ambulance post will be established to reduce St John response times in south-east Auckland.

Ferry users await timetable

Pohutukawa Coast Community Association chairman Kane Glass wants more clarity over when more services will operate from Pine Harbour.

Beachlands ferry users supported a timetable proposal with more services. But months down the track there's no timetable and peak services are leaving people behind.

Kittens lucky to be alive gallery

Bob the kitten with his new family.

In just over a month, four kittens have been found abandoned on Ennis Avenue in Pakuranga.

Building on mothers’ strengths

Among the Anglican Trust for Women and Children staff helping stressed mums to be better parents are, from left, Anna McKenzie, Shelmaine Terblanche and Melissa Cole.

Support is at hand for struggling mums who are afraid they have nowhere to turn.

Learning English a must

Julia Castles says learning English is important for anybody who wants to participate effectively in society.

English Language Partners is recruiting volunteers to help migrants and refugees learn English.

Poison from Putin, with love video

Alexander Litvinenko lies in a London hospital in November of 2006, dying of radiation poisoning.

Polonium was put in ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko's tea, most likely on the orders of the Russian president, Britain finds.

Superheroes on bikes support Kidz First

Eight doctors will cycle through the Southern Alps to raise money for Kidz First Children's Hospital.

Middlemore Hospital doctors are putting pedal to the metal to raise funds for sick kids.

Asian Lunar New Year festival

The annual Asian Lunar New Year will start with a bang at the Vodafone Events Centre on January 30.

Festivities, food and fun are all going to burst into action to celebrate the Asian Lunar New Year.

Inspiring artist ignores disabilities gallery

Stephen Lord won the Oil Painting Award at the Te Tuhi Student Art Exhibition.

Stephen Lord has a garage full of paintings, a trio of art awards and a history of paralympic records.

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